Fujifilm's production process fully powered by wind energy
Fujifilm, manufacturer of photographic paper and offset printing plates, and Eneco, supplier of wind energy, have announced today that as of 1 January, Fujifilm’s production process is fully powered by wind energy. Fujifilm needs approximately 100 GigaWatt hours of electricity annually for its operations, which is comparable to the average power consumption of around 30,000 households. This green energy is produced by wind turbines in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Since 2011, Eneco has been directly supplying Fujifilm with green electricity from five wind turbines on Eneco's site in Tilburg, which provides 20 percent of Fujifilm's electricity needs. After the company decided to make its entire operations CO2 neutral, it discussed the possibility of further sustainability improvements with Eneco. This resulted in a new agreement with the Tilburg-based company, under which Fujifilm now purchases all the electricity generated by the five wind turbines in Eneco's Anna Vosdijkpolder wind farm in Tholen.
The right balance
Peter Struik, CEO of Fujifilm (left in photo): ‘We are very proud that we have taken this step with Eneco. Sustainability is vital to make Fujifilm future-proof. Our aim is to strike the right balance between sustainable business and economic feasibility. Together with Eneco, we have found an elegant solution for this.’
Marc van der Linden, member of the Board of Management of Eneco Group: ‘This is an important milestone in our long-term collaboration with Fujifilm. Our shared vision is for energy to be generated sustainably and, where possible, locally. It is no coincidence that this collaboration is taking place in Noord-Brabant, a province that is making leaps and bounds in sustainable energy and technology.’
The two companies are also exploring other sustainable and innovative options for Fujifilm’s operations in Brabant. For example, Fujifilm and a neighbouring company are looking at how they can improve the sustainability of their heat supply by replacing gas consumption by steam. This steam will be provided by a biosteam plant, which uses biomass as fuel.